“With songs informed by the messed up melodicism of The Replacements, the charm of the Jayhawks and the ragged glory of Neil Young, Land of Plenty is rustic and rollicking at exactly the right moments. With ‘real’ lyrical concepts rendering meaningfulness, tracks like The Boy Who Shed His Skin, A Man Who Knows A Few Things and the title track will leave a deep impression on the serious music lover who demands a little more than a pretty face and auto tuned vocals from his listening choices”
“Delivering twelve tracks worth of deeply harmonic and engaging music that ably blends elements of twangy country, rootsy folk, and rousing rock into one hell of a rich, tasty, and arresting sonic stew, this album certainly hits the stirring and melodic spot somethin’ sweet. The nasal and reedy, yet pleasant and affecting vocals convey emotion with exquisite clarity and galvanizing vitality. The arrangements keep things tuneful and hoppin’ throughout. The smart and thoughtful songwriting likewise impresses with its strong sense of economy and refreshing dearth of sappy sentiment. Best of all, there’s a real sweet warmth and glowing humanity that rings through loud and clear in every last radiant note. A lovely and touching slice of pure heartfelt Americana.”
“this is a solid debut from a band worth keeping an eye on. Some songs tell stories in the way Johnny Cash used to do (“Showdown”), while others poke fun modern life and human failures (“Parcel of My Heart”). The band’s heart for the needy is not only shown in songs like “The Boy Who Shed His Skin” or “Land of Plenty” but also on their website, where each album purchase also covers the cost of a meal at the Rescue Mission of Syracuse. Liner notes to the album include info about other charities the band supports.”
“They've created a gem, one moment you have the humour and faith of Lost Dogs. The next you hear echoes of the melancholic hope characteristic of Bill Mallonee's Vigilantes Of Love. There are touches of Steve Earle's acoustic humanity and social conscience. Overlaying it all, one hears Jayhawks-like jangling guitars, harmonies and memorable melodies so that just as one track becomes a favourite, its successor takes over. 10 out of 10, Recommended without the slightest hint of reservation.”
" creating jangly, country inspired rock. It’s very laid back, easy-going, and slightly melancholy country rock that you wouldn’t have too hard of a time getting into on a fall day in the Midwest. It has that county (geographical, not musical) feel to it that creates a sense of normal, small town simplicity. " Rick Gephardt - Decoy Music
"they do a bang up job of mixing pop, folk, country and rock into their own brand of Americana. Best of all, there is a humanity to their music which lifts the songs and performances a step above some of the more designed by committee bands who're trying to plough a similar furrow. One worth investigating."
“One word to describe the debut album Land of Plenty from The Redemption Center is full. It’s got a little bit of everything, from honky-tonk to Americana and alt-rock instrumentals that all comes packaged with the same nostalgia of a weathered family Bible. Although far from perfect, the record has inherent richness that makes it unique”
“There are bands that have a timeless quality to their music, and there are bands that are clearly tethered to a certain generation. The Redemption Center is a band that strikes a balance between the two, being both timeless and timely. The music, a mix between the jangle pop of the Gin Blossoms and country twang of Ryan Adams, makes for interesting results on Land of Plenty.”
“Of Land of Plenty’s 12 tracks, those that incorporate a country flavor, or display creativity in their blend of country and rock, are the most intriguing and enjoyable. It is The Redemption Center’s ability to use both genres to communicate about highly relatable life themes that makes them more interesting than just another generic rock or country band.”
“From the opening piano notes on “Timothy’s Rag” to the last chord on “In my Mother’s House” this record is jam packed with solid musicianship, great song craft and the secret ingredient, hard work. The song, “ The Boy Who Shed his skin could be a bona-fide hit single and should be added to Americana radio stations worldwide! ”
"a punchy collection of Americana tunes that is simply a lot of fun to listen to. Smith and Sprinkle have assembled a fine collection of musicians around them and sound perfectly comfortable singing and playing together."
"De licht verteerbare, goed in het gehoor liggende rootsy rocknummers doen vanaf The Boy Shed His Skin al flink de gevoelstemperatuur van de luisteraar stijgen. Alle remmen gaan pas echt volledig los met de aanstekelijke, potentiële radiohit Land Of Plenty. De kop is er af." Translation: "The easy going, pleasant songs filled with roots and rock sounds ensure that the listener’s temperature heats up rapidly once "The Boy From His Shed Skin" has started. It really goes down with the catchy radio hit potential "Land of Plenty". Let’s get lose!"
"The new record 'Land Of Plenty' is an instantly engaging blend of gritty hooks, intelligent lyrics and heartfelt vocals. Smith's soulful song-craft is a great addition to the roots rock world and fans of Steve Earle and the Vigilantes Of Love are sure to be pleased." -Nick Young (Burning Daylight)
“Nice work, and no surprise. I'm already a fan of "The Boy Who Shed His Skin", a song that can easily stand comparison with the work of Mark Heard or T-Bone Burnett!The lyrics are thoughtful and manage to be complex without being unwieldy. ”
“An amalgam of rock,gospel,roots and folk. Rural but not Country. Lyrically intelligent, musically relevant.Looking ahead while tipping the hat to earlier influences.This music would fit comfortable in the Americana genre, if not for the pop and rock seasoning.”